The Edmond Sun

October 24, 2012

Touchmark offers memory screening for seniors

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Touchmark at Coffee Creek will present “Memory Screening for Seniors” 1-3 p.m. Friday. There is no charge and it will be at Touchmark, 2801 Shortgrass Road in Edmond.

Participants will be given standardized memory screenings and evaluated by master’s level students from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s occupational therapy program, under the guidance of Toby Hamilton, assistant professor in the rehabilitation department.

Scores and recommendations based on results will be offered on site.

Appointment times are limited. Those wishing to schedule their 15-minute memory screening must call 340-1975.

Dr. Hamilton is also an occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience working with persons who have cognitive issues that affect day-to-day functioning.

In tandem with the memory screening, Touchmark is offering additional resources about brain health. People can explore brain-health topics, such as healthy eating, fitness and brain-building exercises.

Touchmark Memory Care staff also will be available to answer questions and offer tours of their memory care residences.

“Studies are showing that the brain is amazingly resilient,” Touchmark Executive Director Melissa Mahaffey said. “No matter how old we are or in what condition our brain is currently, there are many things we can all do to help maintain — and improve — its function. Informing ourselves is the first step.”

An estimated 74,000 Oklahomans have Alzheimer’s disease plus an overall demographic of older adults outpaces the number of other age groups. Touchmark at Coffee Creek seeks to offer help and solutions to those providing care and to give opportunities for all to live a full life.

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